Utica, New York , United States
|| May 31, 1810
|Died||February 12, 1886
Dec 24, 2014 01:16am
|Info||SEYMOUR, Horatio - Democratic politician in New York of the 19th century. Served as NY Governor and was the Democratic nominee for US President in 1868. |
Seymour was born in Pompey NY on 5/31/1810, the son of Henry Seymour. The father served for many years as a NY state senator and briefly as state canal commissioner. The family moved to Utica in 1819.
Attended local academies in Oxford and Geneva NY; Middletown CT.
Admitted to the bar in 1832.
Married Mary Bleecker of Albany NY.
Served as military secretary to NY Gov. William M. Marcy 1833-1839.
In 1841 Seymour was elected to the lower house of the New York Legislature (1842-46). Her served as Speaker (1845-47) and leader of the Hunker faction in the state legislature.
Utica Mayor (D) 1842-43
Democratic candidate for NY Governor, 1850. When nominated, the party was demoralized from the Barnburner/Hunker division; Seymour helped heal the division and was narrowly defeated by Washington Hunt.
Governor (D-NY) 1853-1855. Defeated Gov. Hunt in the election of 1852. Most of his first term was occupied by discussions of the Maine Law. The legislature passed the law, but Seymour vetoed it. The issue dominated the 1854 campaign, in which Seymour was narrowly defeated.
Delegate to the 1856 Democratic National Convention and supported the re-nomination of Pres. Pierce. During these years, Seymour was a "constitutional" Democrat, meaning that he believed that the states had a right to pass legislation not acceptable in other states (a way to allow slavery in the South).
Governor (D-NY) 1863-1865. Elected in 1862 after vigorously campaigning throughout the state on his own behalf. Inaugurated on New Year's Day of 1863 and called for national unity in the face of the Civil War. As a "War Democrat," Seymour helped to raise Union troops. During the draft riots of 1863, Seymour divided New York City into military districts and delivered addresses in various parts of the city to quell the uprising. Defeated for re-election in 1864.
Chairman of the Democratic National Conventions of 1864 and 1868.
Democratic nominee for US President, 1868. Narrowly defeated, he declared that he would never be again a candidate for public office.
President of the National Dairymen's Association and of the Prison Association of the United States.
Nominated for NY Governor in 1876 but declined.
Horatio Seymour died in the home of his sister (wife of Roscoe Conkling), Utica NY, at 10 p.m. on 2/12/1886.